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No murder charge for Andrew Simmons

democratandchronicle.com — The Monroe County District Attorney's Office confirmed Wednesday that a grand jury did not indict a Penfield man on murder charges in the stabbing death of a teen earlier this month. Andrew D. Simmons, 61, was, however, charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a misdemeanor, and will face that charge in Penfield Town Court.

Vargas recommends closing Charlotte High

democratandchronicle.com — Rochester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas is recommending that Charlotte High School be closed in 2017-18, with the Leadership Academy for Young Men expanding to fill more of the building. Staff at Charlotte were notified early Wednesday, district spokesman Chip Partner said. The announcement is being made now for the benefit of families choosing their high schools for the 2015-16 school year.

A watchdog's Thanksgiving list

democratandchronicle.com — A few of the many gifts this news director is thankful for this Thanksgiving. Human folly, or people's penchant for getting themselves into trouble. It never fails to keep us in copy. The Freedom of Information Law, which allows us a path to pry information that ought to be public out of the grasping hands of bureaucrats and the misguided lawyers who defend their recalcitrance.
Nov 26, 2014

Nice words here. democratandchronicle.com/story/watchdog… And thank you, @Tavi59, for being the most reliable purveyor of newsroom donuts.

Nov 26, 2014

A watchdog's Thanksgiving list on.rocne.ws/1rkxKcr via @DandC I am thankful for FOIL and for engaged, interested readers.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @Tavi59: A few of the things this watchdog is thankful for in 2014. on.rocne.ws/1rkxKcr via @DandC

Nov 26, 2014

A few of the things this watchdog is thankful for in 2014. on.rocne.ws/1rkxKcr via @DandC

Lahman: 5 big lessons of 'Shark Tank'

democratandchronicle.com — On the ABC television show "Shark Tank" (9 p.m. Fridays WHAM-TV, Channel 13) entrepreneurs try to convince investors to take a stake in their business. The "sharks" are a panel of millionaires who've built their own businesses from the ground up, including internet mogul Mark Cuban and Daymond John, founder of the FUBU clothing empire.

Judge hears Democrat and Chronicle plate reader suit

democratandchronicle.com — An attorney for the Democrat and Chronicle argued Tuesday in state Supreme Court that Monroe County officials erred in refusing to release records that could show how extensively police use high-speed license-plate cameras to log where and when law-abiding citizens are driving.
Nov 26, 2014

Monroe County's side: everyone is a suspect. Judge hears Democrat and Chronicle plate reader suit on.rocne.ws/1thM7cC via @DandC #ROC

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SOrr1: Could judge hearing @DandC's suit order release of folks' license plate records? on.rocne.ws/1thM7cC #i'mthetestcase

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SOrr1: Could judge hearing @DandC's suit order release of folks' license plate records? on.rocne.ws/1thM7cC #i'mthetestcase

Nov 26, 2014

Fight continues from @DandC and @SOrr1 to get county to release license plate reader info :democratandchronicle.com/story/news/201… Story from @rilzd

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Donte Whitner's Twitter comments resurface ahead of Bills game

democratandchronicle.com — Fred Jackson, who normally goes out of his way to avoid controversy, was more than happy to jump into the fire Wednesday afternoon in the Bills locker room. Jackson, one of the Bills' captains and most respected players, had harsh words for former teammate and current Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner regarding some spiteful comments Whitner directed at Buffalo and Bills fans on Twitter over the summer.
Nov 26, 2014

Interesting day in the #Bills locker room as Fred Jackson calls Donte Whitner an idiot. Here's my story. on.rocne.ws/1rma3QY via @DandC

Nov 26, 2014

Donte Whitner’s Twitter comments resurface ahead of Bills game bit.ly/11V8tKt

Regents chancellor deflects blame for charter mishap

democratandchronicle.com — A day after 22-year-old charter school founder Ted Morris Jr. resigned precipitously after lies were discovered on his résumé, state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch deflected blame for the charter's approval and said the school, without its founder, should still open next fall.

Amerks decide to take Thanksgiving holiday a day early

democratandchronicle.com — News flash: hockey is a physical game. How, you ask, is that news? You make a good point. Still, the Rochester Americans sure don't seem to know. Despite their captain, Drew Bagnall, doing everything in his power to show by example that physicality is a necessity, a whole lot of his teammates are slow learners.
Nov 26, 2014

The #Amerks approach tonight was, Why work when you don't have to? A lack of effort, a lack of care. In the O-zone: on.rocne.ws/11wbv76

Labor, faith groups against pay raise for lawmakers

democratandchronicle.com — Labor advocates and religious leaders gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to deliver a message to state lawmakers: Don't raise your pay without raising the minimum wage. Leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have pledged support for increasing lawmakers' base salary from the current $79,500 a year, and a special session of the Legislature would have to be called before year's end in order for a raise to take effect in January.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @meagmc: Should state lawmakers get raise from $80K/year for their part-time gig? Monroe Co's median household income is $52K on.rocne.ws/1vLuMPl

Nov 26, 2014

RT @meagmc: Should state lawmakers get raise from $80K/year for their part-time gig? Monroe Co's median household income is $52K on.rocne.ws/1vLuMPl

Nov 26, 2014

Should state lawmakers get raise from $80K/year for their part-time gig? Monroe Co's median household income is $52K on.rocne.ws/1vLuMPl

Nov 26, 2014

Labor, faith groups against pay raise for lawmakers, current base pay $79,500 a year on.rocne.ws/1vLuMPl via @DandC

RocJocks: Wrestling star Gorilla Monsoon

democratandchronicle.com — To his family and classmates at Jefferson High School, he was known as Bob Marella. To the world, he was known as Gorilla Monsoon, one of professional wrestling's best known performers in the 1960s and 1970s. Marella was a multi-sport star at Jefferson and later at Ithaca college.
Nov 26, 2014

Wrestling legend and Rochester native Gorilla Monsoon, in my latest RocJocks column on.rocne.ws/1z0gWGD pic.twitter.com/lu6K0Yo49n

Mary Chao's Black Friday shopping tips

democratandchronicle.com — Reporter Mary Chao talks about shopping for deals on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Video Carlos Ortiz.

Grand Rapids' Mark Zengerle enjoys time with folks in Gates

democratandchronicle.com — The Zengerle house in Gates should have been very quiet - and empty - today. With their youngest son off playing professional hockey for a team in Michigan and their two other sons living in South Carolina, Carol and Paul Zengerle had no intention of staying home for Thanksgiving.
Nov 26, 2014

Junior and college hockey never allowed Mark @Zengerle9 to enjoy Thanksgiving at home in Gates. He can as a pro: on.rocne.ws/1vlV9IT

Nov 26, 2014

Thanks to the AHL schedule, the Zengerle family of Gates is making up for lost time at Thanksgiving with son Mark. on.rocne.ws/1vlV9IT

Who has answers to the robbery and the killing?

democratandchronicle.com — For your long holiday weekend I will leave you with two mysteries: Who killed Ronnie Gibbons and where is the missing $5 million from the Brinks heist? Yes, I have written of this many times before, but, I concede, I awoke this morning pondering just how these questions remain unresolved.
Nov 26, 2014

If you missed it this a.m., here's pre-Turkey Day Brinks blog,complete with robbery, murder.I'll be holidayish later: democratandchronicle.com/story/watchdog…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @DandC: @cgraig1 wants to know: Who killed Gibbons & where is the missing $5M from the Brinks heist? on.rocne.ws/1ruBtPc http://t.co/…

Nov 26, 2014

The mysteries remain: Where is the $5 million? Who killed Ronnie? Latest Brinks/Watchdog blog: democratandchronicle.com/story/watchdog…

Questions raised about 22-year-old charter founder

democratandchronicle.com — A week after getting state approval for a new charter school in Rochester, 22-year-old Ted Morris Jr. is facing challenges about the facts of his fast ascent. At issue are several biographical items Morris included on paperwork submitted to the state Department of Education for Greater Works Charter School, as well as assertions he made elsewhere.
Nov 26, 2014

Update: Ted Morris Jr., erstwhile charter school founder, apparently didn't get master's, doc degrees either. democratandchronicle.com/story/news/201…

Nov 26, 2014

22-year-old charter school founder resigns after apparently misrepresenting his education and work experience on.rocne.ws/1tgYPIE

Nov 26, 2014

Young charter school founder Ted Morris Jr. resigns on.rocne.ws/1tgYPIE via @DandC I hope Charter SUPPORTERS are upset & will speak out

Nov 26, 2014

Young charter school founder Ted Morris Jr. resigns on.rocne.ws/1tgYPIE via @DandC The Authorizing Board has a lot of explaining to do!

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SharonSloomis: @jessicabakeman Charter approval given to a fraud. How many other charters being run by frauds in NYS? democratandchronicle.com/story/news/201…

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Inquiry into horrific Holiday Inn fire at a standstill

democratandchronicle.com — Off-duty Greece firefighter Harold "Bud" Phillips uses his two-way car radio to notify the Greece-Ridge Fire Department of a fire at the 91-room Holiday Inn Northwest at 1525 W. Ridge Road. Phillips spotted the flames as he was driving past on his way home from a moonlighting job as a security guard.
Nov 26, 2014

ICYMI 36 years later, inquiry into horrific Holiday Inn fire at a standstill on.rocne.ws/1thhIuV via @DandC

Nov 26, 2014

Cold case. Cold trail. 36 yrs later and still no resolution to Greece Holiday Inn fire that killed 10 people on.rocne.ws/1thhIuV #ROC

Nov 26, 2014

Cold case investigation into horrific 36-year-old Holiday Inn fire at a standstill on.rocne.ws/1thhIuV via @DandC Left ten dead.

Nov 26, 2014

One day, perhaps, we'll have answers to Holiday Inn fire in Greece. But for now, it appears stalled. From @meagmc : democratandchronicle.com/story/news/201…

Look at what's new in Perinton

democratandchronicle.com — A shift in Perinton's demographics is playing itself out in the types of new development in the east side town. Residents 55 and older represent the fastest growing segment of the town's population, according to the town's 2011 comprehensive plan.

Review: Soup and more at American Hotel

democratandchronicle.com — One of my guilty pleasures at this time of year is holiday movies on The Hallmark Channel. While sappy and formulaic, they are a surefire antidote to year-end coldness and stress. Visiting the American Hotel in Lima is like stepping into a frequent setting for these movies - an old-time business that has been in a family for generations.

Ferguson march planned for Sunday canceled

democratandchronicle.com — A gathering planned for Sunday to allow Rochester-area residents to respond to the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, has been canceled. City Councilman Adam McFadden instead is calling for residents to reflect upon the events of the past week.